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Junior Operational Analysis Consultant

Date: 18-Feb-2021

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The role of Junior Operational Analysis (OA) Consultant sits within the Operational Analysis and Strategic Consulting Teams as part of our Analysis, Modelling and Simulation discipline. QinetiQ is a leading provider of Strategic and Operational Analysis services (known outside defence as Operational Research). We use problem structuring techniques to examine the scope, complexity and potential costs of issues. Additionally, our data analysis, modelling and simulation techniques provide supporting information to identify strategies and understand the resulting opportunities and consequences.

Successful applicants will work as part of a team of Operational Analysis and Strategic consultants located across various sites within the UK. This is a varied and diverse role that requires a flexible, energetic and responsive individual preferably with recent experience of working within an MOD environment in an Operational or Strategic Analysis function.

A minimum of three years’ experience in a Business / Operational Analysis role is essential and you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of these areas during the selection process. You will be required to deliver strategic and operational analysis services through problem structuring, data analysis, modelling and simulation, combined with financial modelling and forecasting to help inform decision makers in both qualitative and quantitative terms.

This will involve elements of:
• Options modelling and portfolio analysis;
• Constructive simulation and optimisation;
• Balance of Investment and Value for Money assessments;
• Investment Appraisals;
• Business Process and Process Efficiency modelling;
• Problem structuring and evaluation of soft issues; and
• Decision Conferencing and facilitation.

Knowledge, skills and experience desired:
• Possess experience of delivering Business and Operational Analysis;
• Have a working knowledge of the MOD Capability Planning and Acquisition processes;
• Be competent at authoring technical reports and delivering presentations to clients;
• Be able to engage, facilitate and elicit information from a range of stakeholders including engaging senior military officers, including one-on-one and in workshops;
• Have some experience of developing models (e.g. advanced use of MS Office applications) and analytical tools (such as Simul8);
• Experience of constructive simulations and optimisation techniques; and
• Experience of using high level tools for problem formulation and assessment, such as Linear Programming, Mathcad, System Dynamics, Visual Basic for Applications.

Personal qualities and behavioural characteristics desired:
• Strong team member able to lead delivery tasks;
• Confident and self-assured;
• Able to work without supervision (a self-starter);
• Excellent inter-personal skills;
• Able to work to challenging schedules and targets within a high pressure and competitive environment;
• Able to negotiate work packages and influence key outcomes; and
• Able to engage with stakeholders, both internal and external.

The majority of work is currently with UK MOD clients but work is becoming increasingly directed towards the global defence industry and beyond into civil applications. Work embraces land, air, sea and C4I systems, as well as emerging technology and innovation. Our clients are dispersed, so travel within the UK will be necessary and a willingness and ability to travel to client sites around the UK is important.

During the COVID pandemic, QinetiQ has been supportive of home working and made equipment available to support or establish a home office, however our staff are based at one of our current operational sites (mostly Bristol, Malvern and Farnborough) and should plan for office working in more normal times. #LI-QQ #LI-REMOTE


QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. People around the world depend on us for their safety and security, and to enable the safety and security of others. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Our is a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines, and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake  this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, we get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Come and find out how you can play a role.